FetchClimate: Building a Geographical Web Service

Retrieve global environmental data with the click of a button or a few lines of code

FetchClimate is a fast, free, intelligent climate data retrieval service that operates over the cloud to return only the climate data you need. FetchClimate can be accessed either through a simple web interface, or via a few lines of code inside any .NET program. FetchClimate is intended to make it easy for you to retrieve data for any geographical region, at any grid resolution: from global, through continental, to a few kilometres, and for any range of years (1900 – 2010), days within the year, and / or hours within the day. FetchClimate can also return information on the uncertainty associated with the climate data and data sources used to fulfil the request. When multiple sources of data could potentially provide data on the same environmental variable FetchClimate automatically selects the most appropriate data sources. Finally, the entire query you ran can be shared as a single url, enabling others to retrieve the identical data.

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Hoppala! Augmentation and Layar

HOPPALA! Augmentation provides an easy way for non-technical creatives to start experimenting with augmented reality and Layar. Create your own augmented reality experiences with just some mouse clicks and publish your work at Layar, the world‘s largest augmented reality platform.

This is the augmented reality version of the Berlin Wall in 3D featured on Hoppala!:

Hoppala! is a Layar partner. Don’t forget to check out Layar, they have their app for Android and iPhone. A Symbian version is in development, no news about a Windows Phone 7 version yet.

What is Layar?
The Layar Reality Browser shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of the real world as seen through the camera of your mobile phone. This technology is called Augmented Reality. We augment the real world as seen through your mobile phone, based on your location.

How does Layar’s Augmented Reality work?
The idea is simple: Layar works by using a combination of the mobile phone’s camera, compass and GPS data to identify the user’s location and field of view, retrieve data based on those geographical coordinates, and overlay that data over the camera view.

Have fun 😉

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